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gawk at (someone or something)

To stare at someone or something in surprise or stupefaction. We gawked at the firemen as they rushed into the burning building. I could only gawk at Mary when she told me she was pregnant.
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gawk at someone or something

to stare at someone or something, obviously and awkwardly. Why are you standing there, gawking at me? The tourists stood at the foot of the mountain and gawked at the top.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Deemed as one of the most picturesque events, tourists flock every year to gawk at the Northern Lights and Southern Lights.
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They weren't as tall as the two humongous California ponderosas listed 'in this issue's National Register of Big Trees, but they were definitely trees to gawk at, their refreshing, see-through understories "scrubbed" clean by hundreds of years of natural wildfire.
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He said: "I'd go into the garden to sketch and the others would come and gawk as if I was on Jackanory or something."
Occasionally, the mass would stop before a storefront and gawk at the window display.
But those who stop and gawk rarely give a thought to the feelings of those in the spotlight.
When the city promises us a skatepark and provides us with a prefab playground, caged in and on display like an exhibit in a museum for the rest of the town to gawk at, our only defense is to run to the fortress that is Thrasher.
But when I asked a few friends to accompany me to Arbus, nearly everyone declined: They had political repugnance for the objectifying photos; they thought it would be "depressing." To them, Arbus's photographic gaze seems inappropriately fascinated by human distortions, playing on spectacle, pandering to the unseemly desire to gawk at what might seem aberrant, to peer, to invade.
Excessively polite Vancouverites mostly just gawk, so stars walk around boldly in places they might fear to tread at home.